Review of some Chinese PCB prototyping services and manufacturers
I’m in progress of testing some of cheap Chinese PCB manufacturers. I’m going to try to write detailed description for each of them.
Tested so far:
SeeedStudio.com Fusion – New PCB Services from popular DIY and prototyping company
Dangerous Prototypes – PCB Manufacturer Review
DirtyPCBS.com – PCB Prototyping review
ShenZen2U PCB Prototyping Review
Smart Prototyping – PCB Prototyping review
ShenZen2U and SmartPrototyping looks bascily like the same company. But they are not (as SmartPrototyping explained).
I discovered SeeedStudio some time ago, since the company is pretty active in the internet (facebook, own wiki, some projects on github). Last month they introduced PCB manufacturing services, called „SeeedStudio Fusion Services”
I decided to give it a try, because the website looked pretty neat and modern. They also provided (see below) a little bit better specs than the others.
For now, I have places three orders there, all with the same specification:
- 2 layers
- 10cm x 10cm
- 10 pcs
- 1.6mm thick
- 1oz/ft2 = 35um
- Stencil: frameless
In one of my orders I also used free „panelization”. They allow to duplicate the same layout over one board – I had 4x 4.5cm x 4.5cm over one 10cm x 10cm piece.
Update 05.12.16. The dirtypcbs site looks pretty new, it is now the same as http://dangerousprototypes.com/store
- 2 layers
- 10cm x 10 cm
- 10 pieces
- PCB Thickness: 1.6mm
- Surface finish: HASA
- Solder mask color: Green (all with the same price)
- No sub-boards
- 100% E-Test
- Stencil – frameless 13cm x 21cm